NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)  (L-R) Actors Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 16, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Actors Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Well, this is awesome.

Empire stars Jussie Smollett (Jamal) and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray (Hakeem) will team up with Estelle to perform a medley of the Fox hip-hop drama’s hits, “Conqueror” and “You’re So Beautiful,” at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Smollett and Estelle performed “Conqueror” on one memorable Empireepisode, while “You’re So Beautiful” — Terrence Howard’s character’s signature song — has been performed numerous times on the show.

“There’s no way I could possibly love music more than I already do. The Billboard Music Awards has been the epitome of celebrating some of the best of the best in music,” Smollett said. “To be included as a performer on this year’s celebration is a huge honor.”

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“I’m still living in a dream — the success of Empire and now getting the honor to perform at the Billboard Music Awards. It’s truly a blessing,” Yazz said.

“My hope is that ‘Conqueror’ will continue to inspire people as much as possible. It’s such a powerful message! I cannot wait to perform it at the Billboard Music Awards with Jussie!” said Estelle.

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The Empire brothers and Estelle aren’t the only big names performing at the May 17 show. It was recently revealed that Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea will perform their collabo “Pretty Girls,” and many more incredible artists are playing the BBMAs: Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas,John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor.

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17. You can watch the BBMAs on ABC starting at 8 pm ET.


‘Empire’ Star Bryshere Gray Talks Taraji Broom-Beating, Kissing Naomi Campbell

Bryshere “Yazz” Gray is killin’ it as Lucious Lyon’s youngest son, Hakeem, on “Empire.”

While the actor/rapper says his experience with the “Empire” cast has been wonderful, shooting his inaugural scene was rough – thanks to his on-screen mom, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson).

“My first scene was getting beat by a broom – it was intense. That was my first time meeting Taraji,” Bryshere told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday.

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And Taraji wasn’t messing around when she attacked Bryshere with that broom, either!

“It was hard. I went home and I had a little bruise on my head, but I just kept moving,” he laughed. “I just kept going!”

As for the other “mom” figure in Hakeem’s life, Bryshere said that when he read about his character’s romance with “an older woman” in the script, he had no idea the role would be filled by Naomi Campbell.

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“No, [I didn’t know] – if I did I would’ve been going crazy!” the 21-year-old said. “When I found out, I was laying on a pool table, ready for my scene, and I see a beautiful, iconic supermodel get [on] top of me, and from there, you know… that was the first time we met.”

The stunning supermodel is 44, which happens to be the same age as Bryshere’s real mom – and yes, that’s a little awkward for the star.

“Yeah, my mom – she’s a little disturbed [by the romance]… my mom is 44,” he said. “But it’s acting. It’s challenging. But it’s not challenging with no supermodel, you know? That’s just easy!”

And Bryshere said Hakeem’s feelings for Naomi’s Camilla are legit.

“Hakeem is deeply in love with Camilla. He gets some kind of security and confirmation from her,” he said. “So that’s why he’s so into her.”